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New Zealand is a wonderful place — it is visually stunning, and everyone I’ve met has been very warm and welcoming. Whilst in town for a conference hosted by the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand, I stayed in a hotel next to the famed Christchurch Cathedral, which sustained major damage during a 2011 earthquake. Indeed, the entire Central Business District (CBD) was ravaged by the 2011 quake, and one just prior – in 2010.
When I arrived in Christchurch, I needed a haircut, so I headed off to a New City Barbers, which received great reviews online. (The place was awesome!) During the wait, I struck up a conversation with a local construction worker, and he asked me what I thought of the quake damage, which is still a huge part of the city’s character (even four years after the quake). I explained that we had just had a second quake in a small amount of months in Michigan — something that’s unusual for us. He pulled out a website on his phone which listed at least 5 earthquakes in New Zealand that day. In fact, the list for the 7 days prior was several pages long. (Check out that website HERE.)
Because of the time spent at the conference — and, due to the limited high speed connections in New Zealand — I filmed one video blog whilst in New Zealand. Here, I discuss the quake damage to the Christchurch Cathedral, and the trolley that explores other damage throughout the CBD. The temperature was 32 degrees, which accounts for my brief blog!